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RGIII’s dad: run-first quarterbacks are losers


(Ben Watts/GQ. Used with permission.)
(Ben Watts/GQ. Used with permission.)

I mentioned earlier the killer quote from Robert Griffin III’s dad to GQ’s Brendan Vaughan in that magazine’s upcoming NFL Kick Off Issue, but it sort of seems like it deserves its own headline.

Here, then, is the quarterback’s father, talking about NFL quarterbacking, and his desire to see his son pass more and run less this season..

“I will not tell Coach Shanahan how to do any part of his job,” he says, “because he’s been doing this for a long time.” But he stands by his opinion — and then some.

“You tell a kid that you want him to be there for fourteen years, guess what? Historical data will tell you that the more he runs, the more subject he is to career injury,” he says. “You name one quarterback out there that would rather run the football than throw the football and I’ll show you a loser.”

So yeah. Sounds like he’s standing by his opinion.

There was one other great quote I couldn’t get to earlier, because that was written for print, and we don’t curse in print. But here was Santana Moss, talking to Vaughan about Griffin.

“He’s just a good kid, for one, and a hell of a [bleeping] athlete,” Moss says in the story. “There’s a lot of guys [on the team] that have been doing this for years and been waiting for that kind of guy to be a part of this team. You can’t do nothing but follow him.”

Needless to say, the word Moss used was not [bleeping].


Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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